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Archives for: July 2015

07/30/15

  06:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 277 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Reporting, Cost savings

Health Care Spending Is Creeping Up; MedBen Can Help Employers Keep It Down

Health care spending rose 5.5% in 2014, according to a new report published on in the journal Health Affairs -- the first comparatively large increase following multiple years of more modest growth. Economists from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid… more »

07/28/15

  11:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 276 words,  
Categories: Announcements

FDA Approves Powerful -- And Pricey-- Cholesterol Drug

The introduction of a blockbuster cholesterol drug has the health care community abuzz -- but its potential to help millions of Americans comes at a steep price. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved Praluent, an injectable medicine… more »

07/24/15

  04:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Primary Prevention Approach Helps To Detect Chronic Conditions

A recent survey aptly demonstrates the effectiveness of employer-sponsored wellness programs... and likewise, MedBen WellLiving is showing businesses the health and financial benefits of promoting primary prevention. According to the survey by… more »

07/23/15

  06:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 184 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Business Groups Ask For Changes To Affordable Care Act

From Business Insurance: "Two dozen business groups are urging federal lawmakers to work together to pass legislation to ease the cost and compliance burdens of the health care reform law. “'There are numerous bipartisan bills that could bring real… more »

07/17/15

  08:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Provider Networks

Provider Choice Or Lower Costs? Why Not Both?

Provider choice is significantly more limited for individualsl covered through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, Modern Healthcare reports: "A report released Wednesday by consulting research firm Avalere Health found that plans offered through… more »

07/16/15

  03:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Client Services

For Employee Enrollment, The Personal Touch Makes A Big Difference

While online convenience is certainly critical to doing business in the 21st century, people still like the personal touch... and it's why face-to-face interaction remains a important component of the MedBen business model. A recent U.S. Worker Survey… more »

07/14/15

  10:57:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Incentives

Get Your Wellness Exam and Save Money!

The year’s already half over... have you gotten your annual wellness exam yet? If not, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Not only could the visit have a positive impact on your health, but skipping the exam could have a negative… more »

07/13/15

  10:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

New Rules Aim To Address Religious Objections To Birth Control Mandate

Last week, the Obama administration released new rules in hopes of putting to rest a hot-button issue under health care reform -- the requirement that employers must provide free contraceptive coverage to female employees. Under this latest proposal,… more »

07/10/15

  08:44:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 288 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Southern Ohio Among Regions With Higher Colon Cancer Rates

Despite the nationwide decrease in mortality from colorectal cancer, there are still three regional "hot spots" where death rates are rates are still high -- and one of them is in Ohio and adjoining states, a new study finds. According to The… more »

07/08/15

  08:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

More States Legislating Patient Costs For Specialty Drugs

An increasing number of states are placing ceiling on the amount that patients are required to pay for specialty drugs, Stateline reports: "At least seven states — Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York and Vermont — limit the… more »

07/06/15

  03:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Stop-loss

Cancer Accounts For One-quarter Of Stop-loss Claim Costs

A recent report from stop-loss carrier Sun Life Financial says that, based on an analysis of its data from 2011-2014, various cancers accounted for the two costliest catastrophic conditions at 25.7% of the $2.1 billion paid to claimants. End-stage renal… more »

07/03/15

MedBen Closed on July 3, But Online Services Always Available

Happy Independence Day from MedBen! In observance of the holiday, our home office will be closed on Friday, July 3 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6. It's always our hope that during any holiday, health care claim matters are the last thing on… more »

07/01/15

  08:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 252 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Reporting

PCORI Filing and Fee Deadline Approaching

July 31 is not only the anniversary of the creation of the federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare, it is also the date that the Department’s successor – Health and Human Services – set as the Affordable Care Act's PCORI Fee filing date. No… more »